General and Inorganic Chemistry [Cognomi A-E] (2010/2011)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Marco Giovanni Bettinelli
Marco Giovanni Bettinelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Other available courses
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 4, 2010 al Jan 31, 2011.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The goal of the course is to learn the main concepts of General Chemistry and some important concepts of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.
Chemical and physical phenomena. Fundamental laws of Chemistry. Atomic structure of matter. Periodic properties. Chemical reactions.
Stoichiometry. Gases, solids, liquids. The chemical bond.
Thermochemistry and thermodynamics. Phase diagrams and properties of solutions. Chemical kinetics. Chemical equilibrium. Equilibria in aqueous solutions. Electrochemistry.


- Introduction, properties, measurements and their units
- Elements, atoms and compounds
- Nomenclature of inorganic compounds
- Types of reactions: precipitations, acids and bases, redox
- General principles of stoichiometry
- Gases
- Termochemistry: internal energy, enthalpy, reaction enthalpies
- Atomic structure; Bohr's model, quantum mechanics
- Periodic properties: atomic and ionic radii, ionization energy,
electronic affinity, electronegativity
- Covalent bond
- Polarity of the bonds
- Molecular shape: VSEPR theory
- Hybridisation
- Van der Waals forces
- Properties of liquids
- Properties of solids
- Solutions; concentrations
- Colligative properties
- Chemical kinetics; reaction mechanisms
- Chemical equilibria
- Acids and bases and their solutions; hydrolysis; buffer solutions
- Solubility equilibria
- Spontaneous reactions; free energy
- Electrochemical cells
- Electrolysis
- Nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Atkins PW, Jones L Fondamenti di chimica generale (Edizione 2) Zanichelli, 2a edizione 2018 8808670120

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination consists of a written exercise, based on a series of questions on the theory of General Chemistry.